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Madison, Wisconsin, July 2, 2019: Horn & Johnsen S.C. is pleased to announce that Dera Johnsen-Tracy from the firm has been awarded the 2019 AVVO Clients’ Choice Award and been added as Super Lawyers to the 2019 Wisconsin Rising Stars List. Both of these honors are due to the exceptional service she gives to all
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When people think of “estate planning,” they often consider only what will happen with their assets upon death and, if they have minor children, who will care for them.  However, death planning is only one piece of the estate planning puzzle.  A comprehensive estate plan should include not only a will or living trust, but
Madison, Wisconsin, March 29, 2019: Horn & Johnsen SC is pleased to announce Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy’s celebration of 10 years of practicing law. Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy is Shareholder and Co-Founder of Horn & Johnsen SC. The Wisconsin-based estate planning firm works with clients on a variety of issues to help them confidently and securely plan

Living Trust vs. Will: What You Need To Know

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You’ve probably heard the terms living will and trust used interchangeably. Although both a will and a living trust are important estate planning documents, they are actually very different. If you are new to the process of planning for your estate, it’s important understand how living trusts and wills are used. Basic Definitions This document

What Is a Pour-Over Will?

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Many people assume a living trust is all they need to pass on their assets to beneficiaries upon their death. However, unless every asset is documented in the trust, this can be a difficult and long process. A pour-over will can help your estate planning be complete. Pour-Over Will Basics To begin with, a pour-over
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Madison, Wisconsin, November 17, 2018: John Horn and Dera Johnsen-Tracy published an article, “Using Beneficiary-Directed Trusts to Protect Your Heirs,” in the October issue of the AAII Journal, the official publication of the American Institute of Individual Investors (AAII). In their article, John and Dera summarize how beneficiary-directed trusts can be used in estate planning,

4 Common Myths About Estate Planning

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An estate plan can be complicated, and there are many myths surrounding the process. From probate to guardianship to simple wills and trusts, there are many aspects of planning that should be reviewed by an attorney. Planning is important for every single individual who wants to see their assets and wealth passed down in the

Best Ways to Avoid Probate

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When an estate must go through the probate court, the process can be long and expensive, sometimes taking years to resolve. The longer the process takes, the more it costs, and the heirs are left with less of the estate in the long run. To avoid these problems, most individuals and probate attorneys do what

Finding the Right Probate Lawyer

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If you are interested in setting up a plan for your estate if you were to become incapacitated or pass away suddenly, the best way to do that is with the help of a qualified, experienced probate lawyer. Finding a good lawyer can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, so we have

Conservatorships and Adult Guardianships

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As an adult, it is assumed that you can care for yourself and make decisions regarding your estate and your welfare. However, times arise when a person is unable to care for themselves and at that point, a court-appointed decision maker may step in. These people are known as conservators or guardians. When a Decision

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